Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Amazon have all submitted proposals to gain the rights to stream the NFL's Thursday night games, sources say. The NFL could make a decision on streaming rights as early as next month.
IFC Films has acquired the rights to dark comedy "Wakefield," starring Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner. The film will debut in US theaters May 19 and will be available through video-on-demand services starting May 26.
One of the highlights of the 2017 NAB Show will be the debut of Next Gen TV, featuring new products and services based on the technology, as well as discussions on how it can best be used. Also, RF vendors and broadcasters will use the event to discuss opportunities and challenges posed by the post-broadcast auction repack.
The Walt Disney Co. has extended CEO Bob Iger's contract through July 2, 2019, while it continues its search for a successor. "I look forward to continuing to build on our proven strategy for growth while working with the Board to identify a successor as CEO and ensure a successful transition," Iger said.
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to allow channel-sharing after the broadcast spectrum auction but altered the original draft to clarify that low-power television stations won't have to take on must-carry rules unless they did so before sharing. The order also allows LPTVs to share with other LPTVs and will extend terms through "second generation" sharing agreements.
Comcast has reportedly acquired rights that will allow it to sell online video services nationwide outside of its markets. The rights were acquired under "most favored nation" contract clauses negotiated through carriage deals; the company reportedly does not have plans to sell nationwide services.
Comcast Business on Thursday announced that SmartOffice is now available for small and medium businesses in select markets. The service is professionally installed by Comcast and allows customers to use the cloud to share, store and record surveillance video that can be accessed on mobile devices.
A US Copyright Office bill that would allow President Donald Trump to appoint the Register of Copyrights could have serious implications for the music industry, writes Robert Levine. "Although the position has no lawmaking authority, it comes with significant power to shape policy -- and it's an especially important position for the music industry as Congress begins its long-awaited copyright reform process," Levine writes.
Companies are rolling back digital ad spend, but the reduction will likely have minimal effect on TV, says Michael Nathanson of MoffettNathanson Research. Only a small portion of digital ad spend comes from national advertisers that also use TV, says Nathanson, who predicts that TV ad spend will be 4% lower than it was in 2016, which was fueled by the presidential election and Olympics coverage.
Columbia Law School professor Tim Wu has been tapped to speak at the NAB Show Technology Luncheon. Wu's speech will focus on the innovation cycle and the evolution of the internet.
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